Sacred Heart Church

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time


Sunday, January 14, 2017

LIVE THE LITURGY

Come, Follow me “He first found his own brother Simon and told him, ‘We have found the Messiah.’” After spending the day in the company of Christ, Andrew took action. He shared the good news! Instead of keeping his newfound friendship with Jesus all to himself, Andrew invited his brother into the fold. Andrew found Simon and “brought him to Jesus.” This was no small matter because Simon would become Peter, the first pope! How important it is to bring others along with us to meet Christ! Yet, how often do we reach out with the kind of confidence that Andrew had? Are we ready and willing to share our faith with our family and friends? So we consider our relationship with Jesus a gift to be shared, or a fact to be safely hidden away in our personal prayer corner?

Part of our call as Christians is to evangelize others, to share with them the good news of salvation. Loving Jesus and following his moral commands is essential, of course, but it might also mean a conversion for someone we care about. It might mean a new minister for the Church. Ultimately, it might mean another saint in heaven.

None of that is up to us, however. What we can control is only whether we share our faith joyfully and extend the invitation to others to experience the peace that comes from knowing Christ.
Liturgical Publications, Inc

PRO-LIFE CORNER

The war on the unborn is never-ending. In the first century it was stated: The difference between the way of life and the way of death is great. Therefore, do not murder a child by abortion or kill a newborn infant. In 1973 America decriminalized abortion and perfected the methods of killing the unborn. Pray to end abortion and euthanasia
- The Challenge of Faithful Citizenship

Religious Education Thank You

We would like to thank everyone who donated items to our “Share The Light of Christ” project during the Advent season. Your generosity is greatly appreciated and will certainly be a blessing to the youth of our Sister Parish of St. Robert Bellarmine. Thank you!

Prayer Service at the Cathedral

On Thursday, January 18th at 7:00 p.m. in the Cathedral, there will be a prayer service for the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision of Roe vs. Wade (1973). There will be a blessing for the pilgrims attending the March for Life in Washington, DC the next day, Friday, January 19. All are welcome to participate in this prayer. All who have a respect for life from conception to natural death are welcome to join our brothers and sisters at the Altoona Cathedral.

Thirty-first Annual Respect Life March

Sunday, January 21 at 12:00 Noon. We begin at Noon with a Prayer Service in Saint Matthew Church in Tyrone. We will walk the 1.25 miles to Oak Grove Cemetery to the grave of Baby Agnes Doe, for another short prayer service. A hot luncheon will be served in the parish hall after the march.

You are cordially invited to spend a couple of hours as we continue to battle the lack of respect of life at all stages, from the unborn child to the terminally ill. Please join us as we walk prayerfully and meditate upon the atrocities. You are encouraged to bring a sign. If you are unable to walk this distance, please feel free to join in by driving at the end of the procession. Sponsored by St. Gregory Council #1218 Knights of Columbus.

EVERYDAY STEWARDSHIP

An everyday steward strives to live mindfully. The more mindful we are of all that is around us, the more grateful we find ourselves because we take things less for granted and the more open we are to the call of Jesus Christ. Every day Jesus crosses our path in the form of others. They may be in need or they may have a gift to offer us. Either way, without living in the present and taking in all that God has provided for us in the day, we can miss it. I would not want to hear afterwards that Jesus saw me and I was not paying attention enough to what was around me to notice.

Liturgical Reflection...

In today’s Gospel, John the Baptist points out Jesus, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” At every Mass the invitation to receive the Body and Blood of Christ begins with, “Behold the Lamb of God.” When one of our members dies, the Church especially encourages the Celebration of the Mass. The funeral liturgy is the central liturgical celebration of the Christian community for the deceased. As the deceased gathered weekly with the faith community in life, so in death the Christian is commemorated at the Sacred Mysteries, calling upon God’s mercy.
- Order of Christian Funerals, 1998-1989, numbers 46 and 264

END OF YEAR DONATION STATEMENTS

Donation statements will automatically be mailed to those parishioners who have requested them in prior years. If you are new to the parish or have never requested a statement in the past, please call the rectory at 943-8553 and yours will be mailed to you. The parish cannot track cash contributions that are not in an envelope with your name. If you do not presently receive collection envelopes and you would like to, please call the rectory. Catholic Ministry Drive donations are recorded at the diocesan offices and they will provide you with a receipt.

Prayer Service at the Cathedral

On Thursday, January 18th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Cathedral, there will be a prayer service for the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision of Roe vs. Wade (1973). There will be a blessing for the pilgrims attending the March For Life in Washington, DC the next day, Friday, January 19. All are welcome to participate in this prayer. All who have a respect for life from conception to natural death are welcome to join our brothers and sisters at the Altoona Cathedral.

In Your Prayers

Please remember in your prayers the health intention of Roberta Alderisio, Arlene Balestino, Ann Bauer, Barbara Barker, Donald Belsey, Paxton Burr, Kierra Chirdon, Denise Conrad, Mary Costlow, Betty Dalansky, Evan Decker, Dominick DeVecchis, Thomas Dobson, Joan Donnelly, Matt Dorman, May Duey, Mike Dutchard, Jacob Eshlenan, Shirley Fanella, Gianna Feather, Kathleen Foster, George Frederick, Anna Marie Gority, Helen Gummo, Jean Hagan, Elaine Hauser, Janet Hilton, Mi-chael Himes, Lucy Horton, Nancy James, Larry Knott, Sr., Meredith Kuhns, Riley Marie Lansberry, Brody Lidwell, Perry Lloyd, Larry Lytle, Patty Maria, Tom McGinnis, Brigid McManaman, Pat Koehle McTavish, Vicki Medeiros, Debbie Murtagh, Kevin O’Rorke, Donny Ott, Randy Parson, Rene Reynolds, Camden Rhodes, Joan Robison, Gavin Ross, Christopher and Tina Ruffing, Patty Ruffing, Maureen Sherbine, Jacqueline Smith, Richard Soller, Clara Tomlinson, John Templon, Pete Szebin, Caitlin Thompson, and Daniel O’Brien’s safe deployment.

In the event our prayers have helped, you are asked to call the rectory to have your name removed from the list. You can always have it put back on if need be. Thank you.

To have a name added to the prayer list, please call the rectory office before noon on Monday to have the name placed in that weekend’s bulletin. You must have the person’s permission to print their name.

 

 


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